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When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion—and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah Swensen leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook. The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife—all wra When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion—and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah Swensen leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook. The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife—all wrapped up in glitter and fur. His ex-wife, however, seems as cool as chilled eggnog. And when Hannah’s mother’s antique Christmas cake knife disappears, its discovery in the décolletage of the new—and now late—Mrs. Dubinski puts the festivities on ice. With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah puts her investigative skills to the test, using the ingredients at hand: half the town of Lake Eden—and a killer. Now, as the snowdrifts get higher, it’s up to Hannah to dig out all the clues—and make sure that this white Christmas doesn’t bring any more deadly tidings…


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When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion—and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah Swensen leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook. The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife—all wra When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion—and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah Swensen leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook. The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife—all wrapped up in glitter and fur. His ex-wife, however, seems as cool as chilled eggnog. And when Hannah’s mother’s antique Christmas cake knife disappears, its discovery in the décolletage of the new—and now late—Mrs. Dubinski puts the festivities on ice. With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah puts her investigative skills to the test, using the ingredients at hand: half the town of Lake Eden—and a killer. Now, as the snowdrifts get higher, it’s up to Hannah to dig out all the clues—and make sure that this white Christmas doesn’t bring any more deadly tidings…

30 review for Sugar Cookie Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Story was fine. Way too short. I thought it was a full book. I finished the actual story 60% through the book and the remaining parts were recipes and commentary. I was a little disappointed. Maybe I should have looked at it more before buying it, but then again, it's part of a series, so you gotta read em all, right? I understand short releases to keep your audience happy, so it doesn't stop me from reading more. I will keep going... there's only what, 15 more to go? About Me For thos Story was fine. Way too short. I thought it was a full book. I finished the actual story 60% through the book and the remaining parts were recipes and commentary. I was a little disappointed. Maybe I should have looked at it more before buying it, but then again, it's part of a series, so you gotta read em all, right? I understand short releases to keep your audience happy, so it doesn't stop me from reading more. I will keep going... there's only what, 15 more to go? About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  2. 4 out of 5

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    "Luck doesn't have anything to do with it. Intimidation is an art form, and don't you dare forget it!" It's Christmas 🎅! Hannah is preparing for the annual banquet at Eden Lake, and everyone in town is expected to come. Except, that is, for recently divorced Martin Dubinski's new wife: a tall, gorgeous Las Vegas dancer whom he met and married on a whim just a week before. When the "exotic" beauty gets killed in the parking lot, and everyone is locked in with the excuse of keeping safe from the s "Luck doesn't have anything to do with it. Intimidation is an art form, and don't you dare forget it!" It's Christmas 🎅! Hannah is preparing for the annual banquet at Eden Lake, and everyone in town is expected to come. Except, that is, for recently divorced Martin Dubinski's new wife: a tall, gorgeous Las Vegas dancer whom he met and married on a whim just a week before. When the "exotic" beauty gets killed in the parking lot, and everyone is locked in with the excuse of keeping safe from the snowstorm, Hannah and her gang are "forced" to investigate on yet another body... oh, yes: did I mention Hannah found this one as well? A frozen corpse in the snow turns out to be exactly what is needed to turn up the heat in this cold, Christmas night! 🎄 At this point, no one is even upset anymore by Hanna's unsettling habit of finding bodies every other day (really, this woman meets more deceased people than a graveyard): even the town cop now is just leaving her alone, unlike her mother, who keeps complaining that this habit will ruin her social life -even though Hannah's murder club grows dangerously fast, and she uses corpses as her main way to bond with people, including her sister - and everyone seems to take for granted that a new killer means a new investigation form infamous snooper Hannah Swensen.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Oh, I was sold on this one from the moment the green-eyed monster reared its ugly head and Hannah was having a bake-off with the police detective’s ex-girlfriend. So cute! This was perfect to read in between getting my pies ready for Thanksgiving… it got me into such a holiday baking mood. Hannah and crew are having a potluck dinner for the entire town, and this is just another thing I love about Joanne Fluke’s writing… when she does a Christmas book she goes all out 5-reindeer on it, and it’s s Oh, I was sold on this one from the moment the green-eyed monster reared its ugly head and Hannah was having a bake-off with the police detective’s ex-girlfriend. So cute! This was perfect to read in between getting my pies ready for Thanksgiving… it got me into such a holiday baking mood. Hannah and crew are having a potluck dinner for the entire town, and this is just another thing I love about Joanne Fluke’s writing… when she does a Christmas book she goes all out 5-reindeer on it, and it’s small-town Minnesota cozy as well. There’s a CRAZY snowstorm going on, Hannah’s sister is about to have a baby, there’s a priceless antique cake cutter everyone better keep their eyes on and of course, all the small town gossip. The middle school jazz band even comes to play! The town characters are a real treat with all those conflicting personalities, and of course the recipes just make you want to go to your kitchen and start baking. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    The more I get into this series, the less I like Mike. He needs to be kicked out!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hannah Swensen can whip up a batch of cookies as fast as she can solve a murder! This book wasn't as long as the others, but I enjoyed it. The last 2/3 of the book was all recipes. However it was a great novella. Andrea had her baby... Yay! There was another murder... But it wasn't really a murder... And Hannah solved it! Again!! Seriously she could be a cop, she figures it out before Mike every single time. Mike is still a jerk. I wish Hannah would quit giving him chances. Norman is so much bett Hannah Swensen can whip up a batch of cookies as fast as she can solve a murder! This book wasn't as long as the others, but I enjoyed it. The last 2/3 of the book was all recipes. However it was a great novella. Andrea had her baby... Yay! There was another murder... But it wasn't really a murder... And Hannah solved it! Again!! Seriously she could be a cop, she figures it out before Mike every single time. Mike is still a jerk. I wish Hannah would quit giving him chances. Norman is so much better but I fear they are stuck in the friend zone. Mike has the heat but he is a major butt. Hannah could take over his job so easily! Looking forward to the next book with baby Bethany, Andrea and Hannah and another murder!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Noriko

    I enjoyed the story itself, but little did I imagine that the actual story would be THIS short and the rest 30% would be spent listing up all the recipes of what supposedly appeared in this book. I hate to say this but I couldn't help but feel a bit cheated. I wasn't expecting this. Nonetheless, as I mentioned earlier, the story itself is well-written. The pacing is brisk, crisp and clear. Entertaining, heart-warming, and it gives you a cozy, festive cheer. A perfect read for Christmas time, I ca I enjoyed the story itself, but little did I imagine that the actual story would be THIS short and the rest 30% would be spent listing up all the recipes of what supposedly appeared in this book. I hate to say this but I couldn't help but feel a bit cheated. I wasn't expecting this. Nonetheless, as I mentioned earlier, the story itself is well-written. The pacing is brisk, crisp and clear. Entertaining, heart-warming, and it gives you a cozy, festive cheer. A perfect read for Christmas time, I can vouch for that. The love triangle between Mike, Hannah, and Norman doesn't seem to develop much, but I saw a stark contrast in the personality traits of the two men - Mike and Norman, and I found it very interesting. I liked how the fiery side of Mike's nature being accentuated in this book whereas Norman was portrayed as stable as a calming sea; collected, generous, and dependable. I wonder which man Hannah eventually picks. Story-wise, I am not sure if it's because of its brevity, but I felt the mystery part inevitably wasn't up to par. No mistake, it was good; I totally enjoyed Hannah, Andrea, and Michelle's little investigation and the whole process of nailing down the suspect (not to mention the fiery fistfight between two key characters), but I couldn't help but feel it was a bit underwhelming in my eyes. Regardless, I seem to have fallen in love with the series itself no matter how much space of a book is spent on things that are inconsequential and are not directly relevant to the story -- I've already got the next book in the series! I think I'll just go ahead right in the book and see if it sates my thirst for more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jacalyn

    I gave this book four stars after some debating. I finally decided that I liked the characters and the basic thought process behind the book itself a lot. Enough that I want to read the rest of the series sitting on my TBR shelf. However, if I was rating it on mystery alone, I'd definitely have to go lower. For me, this book wasn't about the mystery so much as the quirky and fun characters. What can I say, small-town Minnesota pot luck? I mean how do you go wrong? I've been there, doing the churc I gave this book four stars after some debating. I finally decided that I liked the characters and the basic thought process behind the book itself a lot. Enough that I want to read the rest of the series sitting on my TBR shelf. However, if I was rating it on mystery alone, I'd definitely have to go lower. For me, this book wasn't about the mystery so much as the quirky and fun characters. What can I say, small-town Minnesota pot luck? I mean how do you go wrong? I've been there, doing the church pot lucks. Especially the time I was activity chair for my tiny church in small-town Ohio where I planned many a pot luck. Hannah Swensen is a fantastic character and I like her. I especially like that she ran around the pot luck telling everyone and their brother about the murdered Las Vegas "showgirl" out in the snowy parking lot. Who cares that her cop boyfriend(?) told her the murderer was most likely still there and to keep it under wraps. Obviously he hasn't been in Small Town very long. HA! Hannah's super pregnant, 20 dessert eating, sister as a sidekick? Priceless. Who doesn't like a lady playing detective while waddling around about to give birth in a blizzard? And the food. Oh the food. Trust me. A swipe a lot of my recipes from these Hannah Swensen mysteries. (Part of why I've held off reading them. If I read them I have to give them back to mom, right? Hello, they are my cookbooks!) The mystery surrounds a pot luck and the author included all the recipes for the various foods at the dinner. I like that. In character I might add. She even included Hannah's "Hot Brownies" made with jalepono peppers. (Genious way to get at your cop boyfriend(?) when he's talking about another woman's brownies. Let me tell you, my husband would be lucky if that's ALL I did to him. HA! Hannah, you are awesome in your diabolical baking! It's a fun read to zip through but don't be prepared for a serious mystery. Curl up under your favourite quilt and a mug of cocoa and settle down for a good time. --Lady O

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    This is my first book of Joanne Fluke's. It might even had been my last, if I didn't get the other book free as well (when I volunteered at the library's yearly book sale). Gosh it was awful! I found the characters lacking personalities, and I was really shocked with the reactions or I should say lack of reaction of some of the people, including the main character Hannah, when the victim is murdered (can't say who it is). The reason I picked this book was basically because, I thought it was real This is my first book of Joanne Fluke's. It might even had been my last, if I didn't get the other book free as well (when I volunteered at the library's yearly book sale). Gosh it was awful! I found the characters lacking personalities, and I was really shocked with the reactions or I should say lack of reaction of some of the people, including the main character Hannah, when the victim is murdered (can't say who it is). The reason I picked this book was basically because, I thought it was really cool that there are tons of recipes in the back of a novel (all the recipes that is served at Hannah's Christmas Buffet are included which this story takes place at). But the story plot was really boring, not to mention every time Hannah was listing all the recipes people had bought. There was really no base to the story, it was rushed (thank goodness) and it was just bla bla bla.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Book # 6 in the Hannah Swenson series has our heroine / amateur sleuth coordinating the Lake Eden Christmas Potluck supper. Everyone will be bringing the dishes they’ve offered for inclusion in the latest community cookbook, and Hannah’s mother has offered a beautiful antique cake knife to cut a very special cake. This is Minnesota and a snowstorm isn’t about to keep the residents of Lake Eden away from the Community Center, so the place is packed. But before the desserts are even set out on the Book # 6 in the Hannah Swenson series has our heroine / amateur sleuth coordinating the Lake Eden Christmas Potluck supper. Everyone will be bringing the dishes they’ve offered for inclusion in the latest community cookbook, and Hannah’s mother has offered a beautiful antique cake knife to cut a very special cake. This is Minnesota and a snowstorm isn’t about to keep the residents of Lake Eden away from the Community Center, so the place is packed. But before the desserts are even set out on the buffet tables, the valuable antique goes missing, and Hannah finds it embedded to the hilt in the latest murder victim. This novella (168 pages of the 341 total pages in the book) is a barely concealed attempt at interesting us in the recipes which take up more than half the book. And it’s a failed attempt at that. The mystery is weak, Hannah and her sisters run around like fools jumping to conclusions and keeping notes on the backs of napkins (and Fluke gives us a description of every napkin’s design), while Mike is holed up in a small office “interviewing and investigating.” Of course, Hannah solves the crime – on page 151 – and Fluke fills another seventeen pages with a side story dealing with sister Andrea. It’s just a waste of time (and paper). I’ve read several of the books in this series and at least they usually have some good cookie recipes in them. This time all the recipes are in the second half of the book, and like a community cookbook they’re arranged from soup to “extras” (including catfish bait – I kid you not). Most of them require a slow cooker and most of them include canned mushroom soup. Several had serious errors in the recipe instructions or ingredients list. Like I said, a waste of time. Well, it fulfilled a challenge requirement … and there were a couple of dessert recipes that look worth the effort to try them, so they earned 1 star.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    This was a disappointment. As with others I thought I was getting a whole book instead of a novella. The mystery felt forced, perhaps if she'd had an entire novel to work with Fluke could have rounded the characters out a bit more. Hannah was pushier and more controlling that ever. Mike was total jerk,but he is always a jerk, it was just more emphasized in this one. Mike's jerkiness made Hannah seem very shallow. He's rude, overbearing and sexist to her but because he is tall dark and handsome a This was a disappointment. As with others I thought I was getting a whole book instead of a novella. The mystery felt forced, perhaps if she'd had an entire novel to work with Fluke could have rounded the characters out a bit more. Hannah was pushier and more controlling that ever. Mike was total jerk,but he is always a jerk, it was just more emphasized in this one. Mike's jerkiness made Hannah seem very shallow. He's rude, overbearing and sexist to her but because he is tall dark and handsome all is forgiven as soon as he smiles at her. Dump the idiot already. And just what is wrong with Delores' new man? Lots of hints that are not developed at all which makes Hannah & her sisters seem very petty & jealous that her mom has met someone. Perhaps it's all foreshadowing for a later novel where he turns out to be a mass murderer and extortionist or something. But I put this book down dearly hoping Hannah is completely wrong about him because I am just sick of her know it all attitude. Not to mention her petty nagging about the use of English. Only Norman & his mom came out of this one ok. Probably I am so annoyed about the interpersonal relationships of the regular characters because the mystery itself was so forgettable. It was all about the food for a cookbook, oh and someone died. Mike was a jerk and Hannah solved who dunnit by being so exceedingly nosy she sounded like a blackmailer half the time, but then she often does. Very disappointed in this one

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: October 1, 2005 Genre: Cozy Mystery This is my favorite cozy mystery series and I can never get enough of Hannah Swensen and the murder mysteries she always seems to get involved in! In this installment, it is christmas time and everyone is gathering together to test out the recipes that are being used in the Lake Eden Cookbook. But when someone goes missing, and then ends up dead it is up to Hannah and the police to find out who did it before the killer strikes again! This book Release Date: October 1, 2005 Genre: Cozy Mystery This is my favorite cozy mystery series and I can never get enough of Hannah Swensen and the murder mysteries she always seems to get involved in! In this installment, it is christmas time and everyone is gathering together to test out the recipes that are being used in the Lake Eden Cookbook. But when someone goes missing, and then ends up dead it is up to Hannah and the police to find out who did it before the killer strikes again! This book is a lot shorter than some of the authors other books and can be read in one sitting. In fact, even though the book is longer in page length, half of it is filled with all sorts of amazing recipes that are to be included in the cookbook. You can bet that I will be trying out many of them in the future! Joanne Fluke makes these recipes so easy to follow. With that being said, this is another great addition to the series and it's so nice to see the characters grow though each book. Fans of cozy mysteries, this series would be PERFECT for you! Just be sure to read the books in order as that is how they are meant to be read (otherwise, you will be confused because each book surrounds the same character- amateur sleuth Hannah Swensen).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I really love the older Hannah Swenson books. This book was a locked room mystery with everyone in Lake Eden at a Christmas party at the community center where someone got murdered, but there was no apparent escape of the killer due to the blizzard. Christmastime in Lake Eden sounds pretty fun, and despite the blizzard, the people of the town made the best of it while Hannah and her sisters and friends worked behind the scenes to help Mike discover the killer who he said had to be there in the b I really love the older Hannah Swenson books. This book was a locked room mystery with everyone in Lake Eden at a Christmas party at the community center where someone got murdered, but there was no apparent escape of the killer due to the blizzard. Christmastime in Lake Eden sounds pretty fun, and despite the blizzard, the people of the town made the best of it while Hannah and her sisters and friends worked behind the scenes to help Mike discover the killer who he said had to be there in the building with them. There was a nice little twist at the end with the showdown being non-confrontational, which is nice for a change. Needless, to say I hadn't guessed the killer.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The problem is with this book is that it was TOO SHORT! A fun, easy read mystery. I like the fact that the author: * does not feel like she needs to make it gory or gross with the deaths that occur * doesn't resort to promiscuity or sexual innuendos * does show a strong, independent, smart woman as a main character * shows fun family dynamics with siblings and parent relationships * makes it fun to peak into the lives of small town residents

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    I usually enjoy the crime/mystery genre. And I'm okay with reading something light. This just wasn't worth it, though. What bothered me most was that Hannah seems unhappy with Mike, one of the men she's dating. He's rude, takes credit for her work, and he's sexist. I expected her, in the end, to tell him to get lost. But no. She just sucks it up and takes it. Um, hello? Self respect? Hannah has none, apparently. I guess the fact that he's a handsome guy means more than how he treats her. And the s I usually enjoy the crime/mystery genre. And I'm okay with reading something light. This just wasn't worth it, though. What bothered me most was that Hannah seems unhappy with Mike, one of the men she's dating. He's rude, takes credit for her work, and he's sexist. I expected her, in the end, to tell him to get lost. But no. She just sucks it up and takes it. Um, hello? Self respect? Hannah has none, apparently. I guess the fact that he's a handsome guy means more than how he treats her. And the secondary characters all seem pretty stupid. A child figures out what's going on but none of the adults do until they're told? Really? Huh. Luckily, I didn't waste any money on this, and it's a quick read... but I want my time back. I only kept reading because I figured it'd get better. Wrong. Don't bother with this one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #6) by Joanne Fluke (Goodreads Author) Paperback, 352 pages Published October 1st 2005 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2004) The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas until murder is added to the mix... When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #6) by Joanne Fluke (Goodreads Author) Paperback, 352 pages Published October 1st 2005 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2004) The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas until murder is added to the mix... When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook. While Hannah is baking the day s goodies at The Cookie Jar, the evening s plans begin to jell. Start with the best Lake Eden culinary creations, add two of Hannah s sometime boyfriends, a pinch of her ready-to-pop pregnant sister, and a dash of her mother and new significant other, an actual British lord, and what do you get? A recipe for disaster, but the juiciest ingredient is yet to come... The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife all wrapped up in glitter and fur. His ex-wife, however, seems as cool as chilled eggnog. And when Hannah s mother s antique Christmas cake knife disappears, its discovery in the dcolletage of the new and now late Mrs. Dubinski puts the festivities on ice. With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah puts her investigative skills to the test, using the ingredients at hand: half the town of Lake Eden and a killer. Now, as the snowdrifts get higher, it s up to Hannah to dig out all the clues and make sure that this white Christmas doesn t bring any more deadly tidings. I have to state from the very beginning of this review that I am in love with Joanne Fluke. If you are ever in a severe reading slump like I have been for the past two months, you need to pick up a Hannah Swensen mystery. When you're in a reading funk, pick up a Fluke novel. It is guaranteed to get you out of your reading slump. It sure worked wonders for me. I used the Text to Speech feature on my Kindle and read this book while I cross-stitched. This book is a bit smaller than other Hannah Swensen mysteries but it sure pack s a punch. Fluke doesn't sit on her laurels and phone in the shorter books. These are just as filled with mystery, mayhem and mad cap moments as all her full length novels. Plus, this book has a plethora more recipes than other books do, at least it seemed that way to me. This story featured a contest sort of thing where they were cooking dishes that would make it into a town cookbook. Of course, Hannah is in charge of that. Even her "I don't cook and don't make me" sister, Andrea, even provides a recipe. It was such a joy to return to these characters and follow along as Hannah and her two sisters helped Mike solve the mystery of who killed Brandywine, the Las Vegas showgirl turned Martin's newest bride. This book is a hoot and a half. You definitely need to read this one. I may have enjoyed it a tad bit more since it featured a holiday theme and Christmas is only a month or so behind me as far as calendar time goes. It is my mission to collect all the Hannah Swensen mysteries. So expect to see more of them featured here. I bough this book from Amazon and read it on my Kindle. I bought this book with my own money and I thank the publishers for being so foresighted to allow such a wonderful series out into the world.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelsi

    I struggled with deciding what to rate this one. It is probably about a 2.5. I found this book extremely unbalanced. There is less than 200 pages to the story since the last half of the book is filled with the recipes for Hannah's cookbook. The first 90 pages of that is filled with Hannah preparing for the potluck dinner and everyone in Lake Eden gathering at the community center and eating their meals. After the first 90 pages, the body is finally discovered and the rest of the book is about Ha I struggled with deciding what to rate this one. It is probably about a 2.5. I found this book extremely unbalanced. There is less than 200 pages to the story since the last half of the book is filled with the recipes for Hannah's cookbook. The first 90 pages of that is filled with Hannah preparing for the potluck dinner and everyone in Lake Eden gathering at the community center and eating their meals. After the first 90 pages, the body is finally discovered and the rest of the book is about Hannah and her sisters solving the murder. I was extremely bored during the first half of the book. It felt like nothing was happening. If I am going to read a mystery, I don't want it to only make up half of the book. I don't consider that a mystery. This felt like the mystery was almost an afterthought to the recipes. I see the recipes as a bonus, they are not the main reason I read this series. Very disappointed since I have really enjoyed the series up to this point. I will still keep reading it in hopes that it improves though.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angm81

    The usual Hannah Swensen book, a good, quick read. I will say, though, that I was surprised by some stereotyping of gender roles in this book. Usually, I feel like Fluke does an ok job of bending gender roles by making a strong, independent female lead (although, now that I think about it, she does live in a city where every cop is male...). So, I was shocked to read about the male shop teacher's "boys" who built churches for a display and the female home economics teacher's "girls" who had made The usual Hannah Swensen book, a good, quick read. I will say, though, that I was surprised by some stereotyping of gender roles in this book. Usually, I feel like Fluke does an ok job of bending gender roles by making a strong, independent female lead (although, now that I think about it, she does live in a city where every cop is male...). So, I was shocked to read about the male shop teacher's "boys" who built churches for a display and the female home economics teacher's "girls" who had made decorations. Is this the 1950's? Only boys can use power tools and build things and only girls can sew and decorate? A glaring error by Ms. Fluke in my opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Magical_Bookworm

    I absolutely loved this book and it is now a favorite of mine. This was a fantastic sequel to the first five books in the series but there were a few things that annoyed me. I found Hannah to be a little annoying in this book. Going into this book I thought that it was going to be a full length novel but the recipes took up a large portion making the story itself closer to novella length. These flaws didn't affect my overall enjoyment of the book. I loved the whole locked room murder plotline. I I absolutely loved this book and it is now a favorite of mine. This was a fantastic sequel to the first five books in the series but there were a few things that annoyed me. I found Hannah to be a little annoying in this book. Going into this book I thought that it was going to be a full length novel but the recipes took up a large portion making the story itself closer to novella length. These flaws didn't affect my overall enjoyment of the book. I loved the whole locked room murder plotline. I loved all of the twists and turns. I will definitely be continuing on with the series sometime soon.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    Hannah and her friends are holding a buffet and testing recipes for the new community cook book. An awful snowstorm strands everyone at the center, including the no-longer-flamboyant murder victim and the murderer. It’s not exactly a closed room murder, but it’s close enough. Mike is his usual obnoxious self while investigating the crime, and Hannah, as usual, is a step ahead of him. This is an entertaining and delightful Christmas cozy, but it’s good any time of the year you want to read it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    This is a very simple cozy series, featuring baker Hannah Swensen. The books so far have been quick and easy to read. This was a fun book. In it, Hannah deals with a murder and a blizzard. She investigates to try to find the killer. All of the usual cast of characters are in this one, and all are up to their usual antics.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dinnu Reads Books

    Well, that was easy and fast listening/reading again! As it were, the conclusion wasn't very thrilling, although for once Hannah didn't get herself into mortal danger in the end which was a nice deviation from regular! 😆 And yet she wasn't very subtle in her investigations, as usual! 😉 Nice little entertainment when you're not feeling up to anything too energy and commitment consuming! 🙂

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lauri Saplad

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another fun romp through Lake Eden, Minnesota. This time it's at Christmastime & there's a community cookbook with recipes to be tested. So of course there's a humongous community potluck!! Lo and behold, wouldn't you know there's a dead body found. There just can't be a nice quiet day around here !!! Plus you get a detailed recipe for all the dishes mentioned in the story. Yummers! Another fun romp through Lake Eden, Minnesota. This time it's at Christmastime & there's a community cookbook with recipes to be tested. So of course there's a humongous community potluck!! Lo and behold, wouldn't you know there's a dead body found. There just can't be a nice quiet day around here !!! Plus you get a detailed recipe for all the dishes mentioned in the story. Yummers!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I wondered if I would tired with Joanne Fluke's books after a while but I did enjoy this one except for two disappointments. One disappointment was the very predictable theft at the beginning of the novel. The second was the extreme brevity of the story. It was over before I realized it. I thought I was only halfway through. For bakers though, there are a ton of recipes at the back of the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    J.H. Moncrieff

    This is one of my favourites of Fluke's...maybe because it's almost half recipes. It's comfort food for the brain, like curling up on the couch with an old trusted friend. If anyone's tried any of the recipes, I'd love to hear about it. Particularly the coconut cake! Update from 2018 reading: I'd forgotten how many of the recipes require a slow cooker. That's a bit disappointing. Still haven't tried any, but I will.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz Whipps

    This was a novella which took up only the first half of the book.. The second half was devoted to many different kinds of yummy recipes..not just cookies this time. As usual, Hannah was able to solve the mystery with a little help from her sister, Mother, and sometime boyfriend, Norman. This is a very light, "fluffy" type of read; just perfect for a summer aftrnoon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Annalissa

    Probably the cutest book out of the series so far. Loved the Christmas small town feel, and the sisterly love throughout the whole story. Mike is starting to truly annoy me but other then that it was a great read. Very fast and short but super cute!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I really enjoy this series, although I don't seem to be reading them in order. I really like both guys but I am rooting for Mike. I really thought the brownie incident was pretty funny. I wish I had thought of it. Overall, this is a book that I would recommend.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Gandhi

    Ok, so this book is a little cheesy (no chef pun intended...). Having said that it was still a fun light hearted read. Not sure I would track down all the books in the series, but I got a good chuckle here and there.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 Stars

  30. 4 out of 5

    ShannonCC

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think I keep reading these because they are really easy reads. They're like popcorn books, you can just read them quickly and easily, without thinking. I like the main character. She's a bit tactless and interesting. Another review (on another book in this series) mentioned that she seems a lot older than she is and I agree. She's just turned 30 in this book and she strikes me more as a woman in her 60's or older. It might be the small town angle the author seems to like. I'm surprised no one I think I keep reading these because they are really easy reads. They're like popcorn books, you can just read them quickly and easily, without thinking. I like the main character. She's a bit tactless and interesting. Another review (on another book in this series) mentioned that she seems a lot older than she is and I agree. She's just turned 30 in this book and she strikes me more as a woman in her 60's or older. It might be the small town angle the author seems to like. I'm surprised no one has said "gee whiz" or "golly gee". There's a 1950's, Andy Griffith feel you get from these books and the characters in Lake Eden. The other characters are pretty two dimensional (mostly with that same wide eyed, gee whiz quality), but overall, these books are enjoyable, easy reads. I have complaints though. And yes, many spoilers, so if you don't want to know, stop reading now! First of all, half of this book is a cookbook! The story ends at page 168 and the other 166 pages are all recipes! I would not have been happy if I'd bought this book but thankfully I got it from the library. Yes, she always has recipes in her books but it's usually one at the end of a chapter, not half a book's worth. For the actual story, my first problem was the attitude of the characters toward a murder. I've noticed this in her other books, but in this one it's more noticeable. The author apparently wanted to keep up the witty banter, so despite the fact that the whole story takes place over the course of a few hours, almost no one was upset over the murder. At one point her sister was queasy (not over the loss of life, but the details of the death) but then, a few lines later, talks about how good some cookies are. The other younger sister is even more callous. And when the killer is finally revealed, everyone seems to be more happy about how the victim was now out of the way than anything else. I really have never met such heartless people as are in these books. Then, at the end, the main character's sister goes into labor. So they leave the location and bring her to the hospital *without telling her husband*. They are told that the husband is going to the police station (he is an officer) but it was just minutes later that the sister goes into labor and they didn't even try to find him, (he was probably not even out the building yet). They just got her into a car and left. The laboring woman doesn't even say gee, I wish my husband was here. Nothing. When he arrives at the hospital, he doesn't go join his wife, he instead paces the hallway with the other characters. I had to look again at when this book was written (2004). No one even made a comment about it. And when the baby is born and there is a problem with the name they had picked, the doctor says that the "sisters" need to fix it. Not the father. No, he briefly visited his new born baby and wife and then went out to celebrate with his friends (according to the doctor). The author seems a bit defensive about moose leather boots since in a few books she's made comments about how they are not "PC", so it surprised me she didn't make any defensive comments about the 1950's style attitude toward childbirth in this story. And finally, the main character's niece. She is apparently profoundly gifted or else the author has never met a 5 year old (I just looked at the author's bio and she's not only had kids, she's been a school teacher - ok, profoundly gifted then?). In the first book (age 4 at that time I think?) her speech was rather adult for a child. The topics, the ideas, the grammar. But in this book she writes a letter to Santa. She has to ask how to spell "body" (and a few harder words) but then goes on to write a multi page letter with good grammar and spelling. Most five year olds don't have the physical small motor coordination and stamina to write more than a few sentences, never mind the very long letter this girl writes. And, as another reviewer already said, this five year old is also smart and observant enough to know there has been a murder even though most of the adults at the party have been kept in the dark. So if you're looking for an easy read for fun, these books are for you, but there are a lot of things to overlook. But maybe, like me, they will grow on you and you'll enjoy the easy, fun read and the poking fun you'll get to do after :)

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